Young, anchored and free? Examining the dynamics of early housing pathways in Australia

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Tomaszewski, Wojtek, Smith, Jonathan, Parsell, Cameron, Tranter, Bruce, Laughland-Booy, Jacqueline and Skrbis, Zlatko. (2017). Young, anchored and free? Examining the dynamics of early housing pathways in Australia. Journal of Youth Studies. 20(7), pp. 904 - 926. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2016.1273520
AuthorsTomaszewski, Wojtek, Smith, Jonathan, Parsell, Cameron, Tranter, Bruce, Laughland-Booy, Jacqueline and Skrbis, Zlatko
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Young people are remaining in the parental home for longer, and returning there more often, before attaining residential independence. In Australia, these patterns have prompted concerns about a ‘boomerang generation’ whose housing aspirations and decisions have either been directly questioned, or viewed as symptomatic of broader affordability issues. Employing a longitudinal perspective, we argue that early residential pathways reflect a mix of stable and dynamic influences involving individuals, their families, and their broader relationships. Using data from a large cohort (n = 2082) of young Australians participating in the ‘Our Lives’ research project, we examine housing pathway formation between the ages of 12/13 and 21/22. Events such as parental union dissolution or partnership formation were found to encourage home leaving, whilst being employed at a younger age and having grown up rurally predicted both leaving and remaining out of home. Close, supportive relationships with family and friends served to ‘anchor’ respondents at home for longer, and parental socioeconomic resources enabled respondents to leave home and return if needed. The findings suggest that early residential independence reflects various factors, not all of which are in young people’s control, and some of which may hinder the longer term sustainability of their living arrangements.

KeywordsYoung adulthood; housing; transition; life course; boomerang generation
Year2017
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Journal citation20 (7), pp. 904 - 926
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1367-6261
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2016.1273520
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85007328969
Open accessPublished as green open access
Page range904 - 926
ProjectOur Lives Project
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDDP0557667
DP0878781
DP130101490
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Youth Studies on 27 Dec 2016, available online:
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